the main crop residue management practices undertaken by agricultural businesses in Australia were: leaving stubble intact (no cultivation) (64% of total area of crop residue managed); ploughing crop residue into the soil (12%); and removal of crop residue by baling or heavy grazing (8%).
leaving stubble intact was the most popular crop residue management practice in all states and territories except Tasmania where ploughing stubble into the soil (45% of total area of crop residue managed) and in the Northern Territory where, removing stubble by baling or heavy grazing (55%) were the most popular practices.
nationally, the area of crop residue management has decreased by 1% to just under 24 million hectares since 2009-10, mainly influenced by a 4% decline in New South Wales.
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